Some people really do find love in hopeless places -- really unexpected places. Move over, church bake sale. Falling through someone's ceiling and then for them, for example, or dating the person who power-washed your intestines are just a couple of random ways people have started a relationship.
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
In high school I had a summer job insulating houses. One day I was helping spray insulation in a homeowners attic and fell through the ceiling into the homeowner's daughter's room.
Between busting my butt and getting berated by my boss, I was really embarrassed. The daughter noticed I was pretty down on myself and went out of her way to be nice to me.
Long story short, we ended up dating for about a year before heading off to college.
Had a choice of a baseball game or party. Wanted to go to the game but made a promise to go to the party. Wasn't in the best of moods.
Go to get a beer and a girl comes up to the keg, I hold out the tap to fill her cup and she says in a non-talkative way, thanks.
I say, you seem to want to be here as much as I do. She apologized and we mentioned why we were there and why we didn't want to be. Ended up talking the whole time and got together with her friends later that evening.
Spent everyday together after that. Dated, moved in together, got married and had a son.
10 years to the day we met she filed for divorce.
Should have gone to the damn baseball game.
Sometimes life points you in the right direction.
My current partner chopped her finger off at work and I took her to hospital and hung out for eight hours while they reattached her finger then took her home to make sure she was okay. We've been together two years now and she has no visible scarring from the surgery. We just kinda clicked.
So you got her digits?!
At least it was only a phone call and not an erroneous nude...
Wrong phone number. A girl apparently gave him a fake number at a bar the night before, and that turned out to be my number. We only dated for a few months, but it's a funny story either way.
My uncle married a wrong phone number. He called, it was the wrong number (it was the salon she worked at) and they chatted for a few minutes. He enjoyed their conversation so much that he decided to stop by the salon and say hi in person and they chatted some more. He asked her on a date, she said yes, and now they're married.
I met my wife before a college English class. It was an 8 A.M. class and the teacher was super late, so we were all waiting outside the door. I was absentmindedly humming along to "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin when she turns around to me and says, "Hey, is that Led Zeppelin?"
I said, "Yeah!"
She said, "Oh cool. Well, you gotta shut up. I'm hungover as hell." And then she turned back around.
I used to tell people that she hit me with her car.
Which was true. Technically.
I was stopped at a traffic light on my motorbike and she was stopped behind me. Her car rolled forward, bumped my bike, which jolted it forward. This caught me by surprise and the entire thing ended with my bike falling over. No big deal.
She was extremely apologetic, and worried that I might take legal action or that she had damaged my bike in some way. So she offered to buy me a coffee in apology and it went from there.
edit: I was wearing a full-face helmet, so I doubt it was planned. And it only lasted six months back in ~2009.
So many questions.
In high school my now husband was stabbing plastic utensils into an apple, I told him it looked nice and he told me to f*ck off.
Edit: Wow this got popular! I'm glad that my awkward relationship story could make some people laugh, it's a cherished memory that I don't think I'll ever forget and it makes a hell of a great conversation starter for "how did you two meet?"
Clearly the ethics courses didn't take.
I found a desert tortoise wandering down the sidewalk. So I went door to door trying to find its owner. Cute guy answers door, gets me a box, we find the owner together. We got married a year later.
Buuuuut then while paying for his Ph.D. in ethics, he's busy hammering hookers while I traveled for work... to pay for his Ph.D. One divorce and 10 years later I'm still stuck with his student loans on my credit report and HPV to boot. NEXT TIME JUST KEEP THE DAMN TORTOISE.
I met my wife at an ad hoc party thrown by two roommates who hadn't told the other that their friends were coming over. So both groups of about 5 people showed up just expecting to hang out, and it turned into 10 people jammed into a small apartment laughing and drinking.
She saw his inner beauty.
I went in for a colon cleanse on a dare with a friend, and it ended up in a date with the girl inserting the water tube and performing the flushing.
Pass the BOTtle
4 years ago, my friend introduced me to a game app, the kind you play with your Facebook friends. After a while, she lost interest in it, so I decided to play with a "random opponent". I got matched to some guy from Europe and we played the game for a week before he messaged me on the chat function "Hey, are you real?" because he wasn't sure if he was playing with a bot. We hit it off and he ended up moving to my country to be with me :)
I had a full-time job at a biotech company, but also a part-time job at a magazine. The magazine didn't do direct deposit so I had them send my checks to the biotech company. One month I didn't get my magazine check, and the head of billing at the biotech emails me and asks me to come to her office.
The biotech was somehow able to deposit my magazine money that month into their own account, and the head of billing asked me why I was receiving money from some magazine, what I did for them, what the magazine was. All this with the door to her office open.
After some back and forth she says she'll cut me a check which requires a lot of paperwork on her part, and as I'm walking back to my desk downstairs, I make eye contact with a girl in the billing department.
An hour or so later the girl sends me an email because she overheard our conversation and is familiar with the magazine I worked for. We dated for a little over three years.
I was at a coffeeshop with a girl I was absolutely nuts about but only dating casually. During our conversation she cuts me off and hisses about a girl across the room I'd never seen before who was having an argument with her boyfriend.
"That's the bitch who stole my boyfriend!" girl-I-was-nuts-about said. Same guy arguing with girl-I'd-never-seen-before. Girl-I'd-never-seen-before stands up, says "I'm done", and storms off--not angrily, but calmly and confidently. Supremely poised, like she was storming out of a Henry James novel. I remember briefly thinking as she walked out the door, "that is the most regal creature I have ever seen in my life."
Girl-I-was-nuts-about huffs in pleasure about their fight. I murmur some kind of agreement in the interest of solidarity. We have a pleasant coffee date and don't go home together.
Three years later, I start managing that same coffeeshop. On my first day, girl-I'd-never-seen-before is formally introduced to me by mutual friends. It dawns on me after a moment that this was the girl from that night. This was the entire conversation:
ME: Hello. HER: Hey.
A year later, as she became a regular at the shop, we became actual friends and started hanging out. A year after that, we started dating. That was 20 years ago. She's snoring quietly beside me as I type this.
Feel The Earth Move
It was April 2010, I was travelling in Barcelona for work when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted and grounded all aircraft flying to Europe. I was trapped. I did the sensible thing and went to the pub where I met 2 drunk Irish guys. Proceeded to get reasonably hammered until a girl walked in and sat beside me. She was stranded as well so we proceeded to get drunker together. Decided I should kiss her, I did, and now she is my wife. All thanks to Eyjafjallajökull.
You should name your kid Eyjafjallajökull.
Cheers To That!
Finally a question where I think I have an answer worth typing for!
Met my SO totally hungover at a 2-day beerpong tourney. I was outside talking to my friends and told them how hungover I was because of the last night. Next thing I know this beatiful blonde girl walks up to me and says: "I overheard you say you are hungover, you jsut need another beer! It helps when you are hung over! I'll pay you a round!" In Switzerland we call this the Counterbeer, yes I know sounds strange, but works!
I was so stunned by the fact, that a totally out of my league girl went up to me, told me I need a beer AND PAID FOR IT! Totally went along with it and spent the rest of the day with her.
That was over 2 years ago and I couldn't imagine a life without her anymore! She's truly the best!
So yes, met her random at a beerpong tourney! Still laughing about that.
Communication is toKYo
I met this woman on tinder 3-4 weeks before I moved to japan. Since I was moving so soon I was really hesitant to get into any sort of relationship but we were texting all day and she was really cool. When I got back from a work trip she finally got the guts to ask me to hang out, because I was avoiding it since I was moving. We ended up going to a burger joint and having the time of our lives.
Flash forward to now we've been married for 6 months and are both living in japan. Wouldn't trade it for the world.
Hope They Don't Go Ex-tinct
Pillow fight in San Francisco. I wore a child's dinosaur costume.
Wait an adult pillow fight?
Yeah, huge pillow fight ~thousand people
The world is a big and fascinating place.
What do you genuinely not understand??
Sometimes what you don't understand isn't that crazy of an idea, but it still doesn't make any sense to you.
"Why can I never find my shoes?" for example.
It's A Skill All Mother's Attain
"Why when my mother asks me to go get her something and I can't find it, but when she gets up and looks for it, the thing she asked me to get was right in front of me."
"It's called refrigerator blindness:"
It's A Game We All Play
"The economy, as in I understand everything hypothetically, but have no clue how Im going to implement my "knowledge." Yeah I know how a mortgage works, and I know how taxes work, but what do I do? Just go to the bank and say "1 mortgage please!" I just feel like Im missing something about the "real world" and since Im 17, Im only a couple years off it"
"1 Mortgage please" is just about right lol don't worry you're young. There's still people in their 30s and 40s out there who don't understand these concepts either. Just the thought of you trying to understand these concepts at your age puts you ahead of the curve. Stay curious and always ask questions."
Looking At You, Comments Section...
"When native English speakers can't:"
"Editing so ya'll can stop commenting the same ones:"
A lot of science goes deep into the territory of sounding made up. It's all real, it has to be. Otherwise it wouldn't be something we could study. Yet even with those explanations, to some it feels like there's a bit of fiction behind it.
It's Magic. Only Explanation.
"I know there's grooves but how does a needle going over those tiny grooves make such a specific sound, like the vocals, guitars, drums, keyboards, or any other instrument? And how did people invent this so long ago?"
"I've seen closeups of a needle in a groove but it still doesn't make sense to me how a few ridges can produce these sounds exactly. And how do they even put those specific grooves in there, especially over a century ago."
It Just Keeps Growing And Growing And...
"What's in space and the absolute vastness of it"
"I took astronomy in college only thing I remember is that humans will never be able to comprehend how big space is or the distance"
"From what I know, the speed of light is the limitation we're facing. The light from extremely far away places is expanding faster than the speed of light can reach us so in an infinite amount of time, we'll never get to see or even know about what was there."
All I Know Is You Plug It In And...
"I've read the theory and explanation, even simplified ones and I just still don't understand. I've done some calculations in uni for it and I had to mentally separate that it was electrical theory to understand the equations."
"Definitely black magic."
Maybe go for a walk in the park. Look at some trees. Those are easy to comprehend. No need to stretch your brain to the point of breaking.
"NFT's for me it's just online pictures you speculate with"
"You've figured it out then."
"I really hate the NFT bandwagon, because I still find no sense to it after trying to read about it every chance I get and I feel this is the line that turning me from tech-savvy to the uncle you need to teach how to use his phone."
It's All A Bit Wibbly Wobbly
"to be fair none of us genuinely understand. we're merely pretending to, by making it relative to us. good answer"
"People assume that time is a strict progression from cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff"
No On Really Knows And ISN'T THAT TERRIFYING
"Either it always existed, which is a thermodynamic nightmare which makes no sense because how can a chain of events not have a start, or it did have a start, which is preposterous because time (spacetime) is a PRODUCT of expansion; there literally was no "before" the big bang because there was no time to have a point in to call "before"."
"Ontologically, ONE of these statements has to be at least nominally true, but BOTH are f-cking bananas."
There's ideas, concepts, scientific theories, you can hear and be retaught many times yet still not fully understand. And that's okay. You don't have to understand everything. Just accept we're moving forward, in time, in a universe we don't fully grasp, and move on with your life.
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You know what?
I genuinely like being an adult. I don't exactly like paying bills (who does, right?) but it's nice to know that I have my independence and that there is no one else impeding on my time. When I was a kid, I was very annoyed with the rituals of life, like going to school and seeing the same terrible people each day. Being out and about in the world, being free of these things, has been a game-changer.
But there are things you're never really prepared for, such as the fact that there's always something to do.
We heard more after Redditor Bootyshortsforcorgis asked the online community,
"Adults of Reddit, what part of being an adult caught you completely off guard because no one talks about it?"
"Even when you think..."
"How absolutely constant it all is. Even when you think you're getting a break, like a vacation, you're just doing other adult things you don't normally do in your everyday life."
Like I said... there's always something to do. Yeah, it can get to you sometimes.
"After 40+ weeks..."
"After 40+ years on this planet, you can still be traumatized by something that happened in your childhood."
Time doesn't heal all wounds, people. You know what does? Addressing those wounds. Therapy is important.
"How much I..."
"How much I would need to lie on the floor to make my back feel better."
"That many do not mature or grow up after high school."
Ain't that the truth. It's why I'm glad I no longer live in my old neighborhood.
"Having to decide..."
"Having to decide what to eat for the rest of your life. It can turn into laziness which leads to unhealthy eating. I don't wanna do all that cooking when I can just throw a pizza in the oven. Even though I know deep down I need to eat more veggies and not have food go to waste."
"That you'll spend..."
"That you'll spend a huge portion of your life doing things you really don't want to do (work, cleaning, being around people you don't like)."
Also true. One of the things that I do like about the pandemic? More time at home. I despise commuting. Do not miss it in the least.
"The complete unwillingness..."
"The complete unwillingness of most people to have difficult conversations. Most people would be perfectly happy carrying on like nothing is going on."
"Realizing that your parents were also just trying to figure it all out."
That they are. Many of us have become more forgiving of our parents as a result. Note that this doesn't necessarily apply if someone's parents are or were abusive.
"High school and college..."
"The opportunity to meet people is limited compared to when you were in high school or college.
High school and college provided you with extra activities/clubs to do that helped you meet people with similar mind-sets/interests as you. When you graduate, you lose seeing those people consistently or even at all.
So when you make it to the real world, the friends you did make from those things, aren't as available as they used to be. It can be hard to meet up and do things like you used to."
"You move out..."
"You move out and suddenly realise there are no pens. Your parents have lots of pens, but, you realise they never bought pens, they just had lots of them. Where did all those pens come from? Years of accumulation."
No one said adulthood was easy, but hopefully you'll be a bit more prepared now that you these observations in mind.
As for me... I will never miss being a teen. I'm good where I'm at.
Have some observations of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
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What if? That could happen. You never know. All thoughts that muddle the mind. It is unhealthy to live life in a vacuum of despair and scare but really... you do never know. And anything can happen.
So! How to proceed. First we must figure out are you scared or cautious? And are those messages getting confused? They are important questions.
It's natural to be concerned in life, and it's smart to be ready, but living in fear is no good. For instance, serial killers exist. In fact several are reading this now. That can't stop us from going outside. Can it?
Redditor u/IgnoreAndScroll404 wanted to chat about all the things that leave us shooketh in life, because maybe, you never know. They asked:
What unlikely event are you terrified will happen to you?
I hate elevators. I'm claustrophobic. I am sure death by elevator is imminent. Has it happened to others? Yes. Will it inevitably happen to me? Yes. I mean maybe. Who can tell.
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"Being impaled by a log falling off of the back of a truck, final destination style."
Over Troubled Water...
"A bridge collapsing when I'm driving over it."
"Back in '93 my aunt, uncle, cousin, and I were on a road trip from Illinois to Massachusetts. We drove through NYC and we entered Manhattan on the George Washington Bridge. During that year al-Qaeda had plans of using high powered explosives in New York and one of their targets was the GW bridge. Thankfully the FBI foiled that plot before it could be carried out. I distinctively remember as we were on the bridge I was hoping it wouldn't collapse."
"Die before retirement."
"This. All that crap for nothing. This is why you should avoid overtime even if you love what you do, you're not only giving up time now but also time later. Stress will cut your lifespan down as fast as anything."
"I'm afraid that one day I'll travel to a country that's got a lot of ice. I'll for some reason, cut a hole in the ice so I can jump in. Swim a little and then not be able to rise to the top due to all the ice and can't find the way out! I've had literal nightmares about this."
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"I'm a woman who watches too much true crime. I'm so riveted when watching, but later in the middle of the night I wake up and repeatedly check the doorway for serial killers."
Danger. Danger is all around us. Even in the house we're in trouble. We're never safe.
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"Dying by tsunami."
"This. I am simultaneously fascinated and terrified of tsunamis. I have dreams about running from tsunamis about once every couple of months, sometimes I survive, sometimes I don't, but its so freaking scary to think about. And yet I also like to look up footage of tsunamis online for some reason, like some kind of Stockholm syndrome."
"A brain aneurism. Thanks, Archer."
Rabies. Despite the fact that I'm vaccinated and the chances are low as hell that I would end up with it if I got a booster shot after exposure."
"It is basically the zombie plague from horror movies. Sure, it turns out the logistics of zombie infection doesn't lead to hoards of zombies roaming the streets. But seriously it's a ridiculous nasty disease. My grandfather worked with the virus as some sort of researcher. I got an illuminating email from him back when I was in school doing a report on rabies. Not my favorite disease by a long shot."
"I am scared a plane will crash into my house. Not actually because of 9/11, I had this fear since before then because of the major event near San Diego California where 2 planes crashed into each other mid-air. Bodies and plane parts etc fell all over a suburban neighbourhood. It's one of my biggest nightmares and still bothers me to think about that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Southwest_Airlines_Flight_182"
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"Doctors doing things without my permission. Such as while under anesthesia, ignoring my requests for something to not happen, claiming I'm incompetent to make decisions, etc."
Life is a gamble. You gonna play or just wait out your turn? That is a more serious question than you think.
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Capitalism wants to push its workers to work for ultimate productivity--even if that comes at the expense of other things. A worker's well-being has been placed second to their productivity in America for too long. That time is changing now.
Workers are no longer willing to be completely mowed down for a paycheck. Something's gotta give--and either it's the money or the job. And more people are willing to stand up for themselves.
"What was your 'I'm not paid enough for this s**t' moment?"
Here were some of those answers.
Think Of The Children
"Telling a grown a** man that he shouldn't be sh*tting in a school parking lot. I was eating lunch in my car and saw him in the rear view mirror."
"I got out of my car and shouted as loud as I could SIR YOU CANNOT POOP THERE, not to get his attention so much as to make him, you know, not sh*t on the side of my school building. And embarrass him out of doing it again."
"I was pissed off, too, there were two portapotties within sight of where he was."-8dogsinatrenchcoat
"When a customer had a full-blown adult tantrum on the floor of the supermarket I was working at because we were out of red cabbage two hours before we closed on Christmas Eve."
"Mind you that almost everyone eats red cabbage on Christmas here in Germany. To top this off she also threw frozen bread rolls after me because I told her to have her tantrum outside."-Lelexxia
Knowing Your Value
"While working with a client as a consultant employed by a consulting agency. The client tried to hire me full time and offered me triple the salary."
"That was like the wtf moment which made me research the market value of my skills and turned out I was super underpaid. So I left and found a new job straight away."-vegetable-table-man
It's hard to think of ourselves in terms of money, since we aren't made to be consumed for value.
Gotta Love A Truck Stop Moment
"So I'm working this register at a truck stop circa 2011. It's by a door that gets very little traffic so I mostly just watch the gift shop area and try to deter people from stealing."
"It's an overnight shift about 3 am. This man comes barreling in bleeding from his hand and yells 'IVE BEEN STABBED!'"
"Immediately I call for security. My manager is nearby. Security calls 911 on their way and shows up a few moments later. This guy is bleeding profusely, all over my freshly mopped floor mind you."
"I'm off to the side 'Sir where is the stabber?!' My manager is asking for towels, so I bring a clean towel. Again I ask 'SIR, where is the stabber?!'"
"My manager and security are saying stuff like 'Put pressure on it. Go wave down the ambulance when they arrive!' So at this point I'm practically yelling 'There is a stabber on the loose in that parking lot some where and I'm not going out there until I know where he is!'"
"Finally the guy goes 'Oh he was at the truck stop across the street. We got into an argument it wasn't random.' Relieved and now no longer fearing for my safety I went out to wave down the ambulance."
"Unfortunately $8/hr is not enough to get stabbed over."-ItsTylerBrenda
Ice Ice Baby
"I worked at a Starbucks in a grocery store and a customer got mad because she wanted a drink cold but it was served hot.
"The girl taking her order was new and didn't ask her if she wanted hot or cold, I was making the drinks so went with what was on the cup."
"So she threw it at me, while still freshly hot. Burned my face down to my stomach. I was 5 months pregnant. I quit a week later."-Zealou_luv
Sometimes, Spirit Is Inappropriate
"So if you're familiar with Build-A-Bear, you know the happy faces the employees are supposed to have. You might also be familiar with the bear stuffing process."
"You pick a bear, bring it to me, pick a heart and you do a little dance (or whatever else I'd pick) I'd stuff the bear, you put the heart in and I stitch it up."
"There was a couple that came in one night in January 2008. She was extremely pregnant. They came in and pick one of the little blue bears. I asked how they want it stuffed, the normal."
"And then when they pick the heart oh, they also pick one of the fancy hearts that has a heartbeat. Then tell me that their son, who she is still pregnant with is going to be stillborn. And they are making a bear together to give to him to be buried with."
"Obviously, I immediately tone down to the happy-go-lucky bullsh*t. The store was empty so it didn't really matter. And no, I didn't make them do the little dance and wish that you do for most people."
"I finished the bear myself, walk them through the clothing, check them out myself and then close the store. I got written up the next day for not showing the Build-A-Bear spirit. I was 16. I quit and got into a screaming match with that dumba** manager."-enemyoftoast
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
"When the boss said he was going to hire 'Mary' back. Mary, the woman who was fired for having her friends call me with death threats because I wouldn't switch days off with her."
"Mary, the woman he told me he was never in a room alone with because she was 'the type to claim sexual harassment'."
"He hired Mary back and gave her my job after I quit. He was fired 6 months later over the sexual harassment claim filed by . . . . Mary."-jaimystery
We will never put our mental and physical health at risk without being duly compensated.
"I was on a royal navy warship and we'd pulled into Hull UK for a visit. Their dockyard regulations prevented the ship from discharging solids overboard so the total of all the crews toilet flushings were diverted to a holding tank so we could discharge it overboard when back at sea."
"After the crew had been in port for two days, which for most involved copious drinking and then finishing off with a large curry or spicy kebab, the additional load on the system was too much for the circulating pump inside tank."
"The pump was also used pump the contents overboard so needed to be fixed before we went back to sea. Unfortunately I was duty electrician the day the pump failed."
"The contents of the tank was about a foot and half deep! I suited up with waterproofs and copious amounts of duct tape to seal the seams and descended."
"The pump was bolted in place and to free it I had to work with my face about four inches from the liquid curry and beer smoothies as I bent over. I definitely want getting paid enough... But I was given an order and it was my job, so I just got on and did it."-Androm57
"Was working in a large bakery for my first job at 15. Tried to pull a six foot tall baking tray but there's a lip to get the tray over, started to fall on me and caught it with my forearms, burning myself (not terribly, but still not great feeling)."
"Told my boss and showed him my swelling, reddened forearms and asked to go home. He said I could, once I'd mopped out the bottom of all the 10+ freezers and then he left, leaving me alone."
"I left as soon as he did and then rode my bike home to take care of my burns."-therustedrobot
The Donors Need To Be Coralled
"Working for a nonprofit. At a fundraising dinner, a major donor touched my knee then later my butt and flirted heavily. I am a woman and was 25 at the time."
"When I brought it to my supervisor I was told that is just something you have to put up with when fundraising if you want to make the organization money."
"Stayed at that job a few months before I was fired for not being happy enough. Note that after that incident I refused to attend events where the creep would be there.. Can't say I was sad."
"Got a job that paid twice as much and came without sexual harassment. An employment lawyer probably would have loved if I called them, but I lacked the confidence to take that big of a stand."
"Now I would absolutely take action. I would actually probably yell in the moment to get your forking hands off me. Which would have been awkward for him because his wife was present."-smughippie
There you have it. Across the board, people have put their foot down when it comes to work. If you want higher paid work, you need to pay me more.
Let's never settle for less again.